>Ummm what do you mean "adjusting for the decline in public sector employment?" Why would you do that? And using the CPS employment data, 145,669,000 in April 2014 minus 138,013,000 in December 2009 equals 7,656,000. How did you get over 9 million? Exactly what adjustments did you make?
Here I was sloppy once again. I should have noted that the 9.2 million figure is based on the CES results, not those from the CPS.
Looking at the table below, non-farm employment stood at 138.3 million in April, compared to 129.7 million in Dec 2009, a difference of 8.6 million. Again looking at CES numbers, public-sector employment during those months fell from 22.5 million to 21.9 million, a difference of 600K.
To calculate the difference in private-sector employment, you subtract the change in public-sector jobs from the change in total non-farm jobs. 8.6 million minus a negative value of 600K yields a total of 9.2 million. I'm hoping that makes sense.